The last 3 weeks have been really exciting for the entire world as we witnessed the biggest of all the events in the sporting world – the Olympic games. We had captured the performance of India in different Olympics and also the details on the Indian contingent in the Tokyo Olympics. For India, it went like a see-saw game, and in the end, we got the Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics.
It was the best performance of India in terms of total medals won. In the end, the super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics got home with 1 Gold, 2 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals. So, 7 proved to be a lucky number for India.
However, as we say, Yeh Dil Maange More (the heart wants more), we Indians who were closely watching were expecting at least 3 to 4 more medals because we know there were a lot of close chances where we lost the podium spot by a whisker.
Anyways, we will cover those close calls probably in a future blog. But for now, let’s celebrate the medals, and let’s celebrate the Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics.
She is the one who opened the account for India in the very initial stage of the games. Born in Manipur on 8th Aug 1994, she brought home an Olympic silver medal in the 49kg weightlifting category.
This was a phenomenal performance considering the last medal in weightlifting for India was from Karnam Malleshwari in the 2000 Olympics.
She also overcame her performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where, despite all the hard work she could not bring a medal back home.
- The first major competition in her career was Commonwealth Games 2014 in Scotland. She won a Silver medal in that competition
- In the 2016 Rio Olympics, she could not win any medal
- At World Championships 2017 held in the USA, she won the Gold medal
- At the Commonwealth Games 2018 held in Australia, she won the Gold medal
- In 2019, she participated in Asian Championship where she stood 4th. She stood 4th in the world championships held in Thailand in the same year
- In 2020, she stood 3rd in the Asian Championships held in Uzbekistan & 1st in the National Championship held in Kolkata India.
- Later she went on to win the Silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics and gets her name listed in the Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics.
- She got the Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna (earlier Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna) Award in 2018
- In the same year, she also received, Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
P V Sindhu
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, or popularly known as P V Sindhu got her name engraved as the first women athlete from India to win consecutive medals in Olympics.
Sindhu is also the only second athlete from India to achieve this feat. Born in July 1995, in Hyderabad, India, she got these medals representing India in Badminton.
- Sindhu started playing badminton at the junior level and got medals in the Asian Junior Championships. She got Bronze in 2011 Lucknow games in Girl’s Single and mixed team category and Gold in 2012 Gimcheon games. P V Sindhu also got the Gold in singles in the 2011 Commonwealth Youth games held in Douglas
- Sindhu clinched Gold and Silver in the team and singles events in the 2016 South Asian games
- She got Bronze in the singles event in the 2014 Asian Championships held at Gimcheon
- At the Commonwealth Games, she got a Bronze in the singles event in 2014 Glasgow. In the 2018 games held in Gold coast, she got Silver in the singles event and Gold in mixed events
- At the Asian Games, she got Bronze in the team event in the 2014 Incheon games. She got silver in the Singles event in the next edition held in Jakarta
- In the Uber cup held in Delhi and Kunshan in 2014 & 2016 respectively, she won the Bronze medal
- At the world championships, she has shown tremendous improvement by winning the Bronze medal in 2013 & 2014, the Silver medal in 2017 & 2018, and striking Gold in the 2019 event.
- In the Olympic games as well all know, she clinched a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics and won Bronze in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her way into the Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics
- She got the Arjuna award in 2013 and the Padma Shri award in 2015
- In 2016, she got the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award. She also received Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd highest civilian award in 2020.
Lovlina Borgohain, got her name added to the hall of fame after winning the Bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in boxing in the welterweight category.
In doing so, she became the third boxer from India to win a medal in the Olympics after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom.
She assured herself a medal after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarterfinals. However, her road to Gold was stopped by Busenaz Surmeneli to whom she lost her semi-final bout. She hails from Assam and is 23 years old
- Lovlina got Bronze in Asian Championships held in Ho Chi Minh City (2017) and Dubai (2021)
- She got Bronze in World Championships held in New Delhi (2018) and Ulan-Ude (2019)
- She won Bronze in the Tokyo Olympics and got her name in the Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics
- Lovlina got the Arjuna award in 2020
Ravi Kumar Dahiya
Ravi Kumar Dahiya came back to India with a silver medal on him. He won it in the freestyle wrestling 57 kg event.
Born in Haryana, Ravi is 23 years old. He was trained by Satpal Singh, the man who also coached Sushil Kumar.
- He got silver in the 2015 Junior World Championships held in Salvador Da Bahia. This was in the 55 kg event as opposed to his usual 57 kg event.
- Ravi clinched the Silver medal in the 2018 U23 championships held in Bucharest.
- In the Asian Games held in Delhi in 2020 and Almaty in 2021, he clinched the Gold medal.
- At the World Championships held in 2019 in Noor-Sultan, he got the Bronze medal.
- He won Silver in the Tokyo Olympics and got his name in the Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics
- He has not got a recognized award till now, but we are sure that in this and the next year, he will receive big awards
Bajrang Punia got home a Bronze medal in wrestling when he thrashed Kazakhstan’s wrestler by 8-0 in the 65-kg weight category bout. He hails from Haryana as well and is 27 years old.
- In the Asian Championships, he won the Bronze medal in 2013 New Delhi (60 kg category) and 2018 Bishkek (65 kg category). He clinched Silver in 2014 Astana (61 kg category), 2020 Delhi (65 kg category), 2021 Almaty (65 kg category). He won Gold in 2017 Delhi (65 kg category), 2019 Xian (65 kg category).
- In the Commonwealth Championship, he got Gold in the 2016 Singapore and 2017 Brakpan games, both in the 65 kg category. In the world U23 championship, he won Silver in the 2017 games held in Bydgoszcz in the 65 kg category
- At the Asian Games, he won Silver in the 2014 Incheon games in the 61 kg category and improved it to Gold in the 2018 Jakarta games in the 65 kg category. He followed a similar trajectory in the Commonwealth Games by winning the Silver medal in the 2014 Glasgow games in the 61 kg category and Gold in the 2018 Gold Coast games in the 65 kg category
- At the world championships, he won Bronze in 2013 Budapest (60kg) and 2019 Nur-Sutan (65 kg) and Silver in 2018 Budapest games in the 65 kg category
- He made the entire nation proud again by adding a Bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and became the part of super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics
- Arjuna Award in 2015
- Padma Shri in 2019
- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in 2019
- FICCI India Sports Award in 2020
Indian Hockey Men’s Team
The sport in which India dominated for more than 50 years. This is the game that has given India the most number of Gold medals in the Olympics. This is the game which gave us stars like Major Dhyanchand in whose name the biggest award of sports in India is kept.
In order to know how Hockey has performed in the history of the Olympics, please read our blog about the History of Indian Olympic medals.
This year the men in blue got home the Bronze medal in hockey, a medal after a 40 year-long wait.
- In the Asian Champions Trophy, the Indian team won the Gold medal in 2011 (Ordos), 2016 (Kuantan), and 2018 (Muscat). India also won silver in the 2012 games in Doha.
- In the Asia Cup, India won Gold in 2003 (Malaysia), 2007 (Chennai) & 2017 (Dhaka) events while silver in 1982 (Karachi), 1985 (Dhaka), 1989 (New Delhi), 1994 (Hiroshima) & 2013 (Ipoh) events. India managed to win the Bronze in 1999 events held in Malaysia.
- At the Asian Games, post-1980, India won 2 Gold (1988 Bangkok & 2014 Incheon), 4 Silver (1982 New Delhi, 1990 Beijing, 1994 Hiroshima & 2002 Busan), and managed 3 Bronze (1986 Seoul, 2010 Guangzhou, 2018 Jakarta)
- India won 2 Silver (2016 London & 2018 Breda) and 1 Bronze (1982 Amstelveen) in the Champions Trophy.
- India won 2 Bronze in World League (2014-15 Raipur & 2016-17 Bhubaneswar)
- After a 40 year long wait, India got home a Bronze in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games and got themselves on the list of Super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics.
What an incredible end to the Olympics for India with Neeraj Chopra falling while throwing that javelin in the air, just to see himself and India rising up on the podium to receive the Gold medal.
I think the moment Neeraj came first in the qualifying round, every Indian hoped that we will have one more medal.
However, the way Neeraj threw the javelin in the finals and attained the max distance in the first 3 throws was incredible and emphatic and got India a gold medal, the only second gold medal in an individual event and first in Athletics.
Neeraj, born in Panipat, Haryana also serves the Indian Army in Rajputana Rifles as Subedar.
- He started with a silver medal in the Asian Junior Championships held in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016.
- Neeraj had a golden run after that as he won Gold medals at the World Junior Championships (2016 Bydgoszcz), South Asian Games (2016 Guwahati/Shillong), Asian Championships (2017 Bhubaneswar).
- He continued his golden run in Asian Games (2018 Jakarta) and Commonwealth Games (2018 Gold Coast).
- With the throw of 87.58 m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj sealed the gold medal and engraved his name at the top in the super 7 winners of the Tokyo Olympics
- Arjuna Award in 2018
- Vishisht Seva Medal in 2020
The performance of India in the 2020 Olympics was by far the best (the previous best was the 2012 London Olympics with 6 medals). However, there were a lot of contenders who were eyeing a podium spot, but they could not come back with a medal.
However, the good thing is India started venturing into new sports like Golf, Fencing, shot put, etc. Where the Indian athletes showed their mettle. Having said this, there are a lot of sports in the Olympics that India has never participated in.
Moreover, the athletes who won here should guide their peers and juniors. The Arjuna’s of today need to become Drona’s of tomorrow. Just imagine Neeraj Chopra, P V Sindhu is mentoring and coaching the Neera Chopra and P V Sindhu of tomorrow. An example of this is what we see in Badminton where Pullela Gopichand is training the stars of tomorrow.
The performance of India should only go up from here and the next generation athletes should get the right motivation from the government, media, sponsors, etc.
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